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How to Detect a Gas Leak Outside Your Home

How to Detect a Gas Leak Outside Your Home

Gas leaks are one of the more hazardous plumbing issues encountered by Jim’s Ppumbers on a daily basis. Here at Jim’s Plumbing, we know just how terrifying a gas leak can be for our customers, and as such we believe that these problems are better solved sooner rather than later.

If you detect a gas leak in or around your home then contact Jim’s Plumbing immediately and we can have a technician out to you in an hour*! In an emergency situation we are often able to replace gas pipework the same day – and we’re available 24 hours, 7 days a week!

But how do you know when there is a gas leak? In answer to this question, our experts have compiled a few ways in which you can detect a gas leak outside of your home.

One of the main findings that should lead you to become suspicious of a gas leak outside your home is the smell of gas. This would likely originate near where your gas pipework runs under or above ground, or where it enters your home. Whilst natural gas is actually originally odourless and colourless, for safety reasons a chemical odorant known as mercaptan is added to all sources of natural gas. This is to ensure that a gas leak can be promptly identified, as this odorant has a distinct sulfur-like or rotten eggs smell. If you think you can smell gas outside of your home, then contact Jim’s Plumbing immediately.

Aside from the obvious scent of gas outside your home, you may also notice that your garden begins to suffer if you have a gas leak outside of your home. For example, dead patches of grass or plants over the area of the leak can be indicative as gas creates an environment that is unsuitable for the survival of plant life. Another important indicator of a possible gas leak outside your home is bubbles on the surface of puddles or ponds, which may be originating from a leaking gas pipe.

These signs described above are just a few ways in which you may detect a gas leak outside of your home. However, if you have a suspicion of a gas leak for any reason, it is vital that you seek help immediately. Gas leaks are one of the most dangerous plumbing phenomena and fortunately, the plumbers at Jim’s Plumbing are equipped to assist you. All of our plumbers are fully qualified gas fitters in addition to their standard plumbing qualifications meaning that your gas leak can be quickly and competently resolved just by calling the Jim’s Plumbing team.

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